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Stavanger, Norway (2007 – present)

Kvelertak (meaning stranglehold or chokehold) is a six-piece band from Stavanger, Norway in 2007. All lyrics are written in Norwegian, the band’s native language, and concerning Norse mythology/Viking folklore. As of today, the six members are: Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitar), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitar), Maciek Ofstad (guitar), Marvin Nygaard (bass), and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums). Known for their consistent, idiosyncratic sound, the band states that their main influences are rock and roll, black metal and punk.

In March 2011, Kvelertak was presented with two Spellemann Awards—a prestegious Norwegian music award similar to the American Grammy Award—for Best Newcomer and Best Rock Band


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  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Kvelertak

    4 Aug 3:08pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Went off them after the 2nd album and I thought maybe I'd grown out of it (after seeing them about 6 times in 3 years) but listening to it again, it's actually pretty rubbish. The first half is like rejected b-sides of the first, and man that opener is so damn boring.

    11 Jul 12:48pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Live Review:

    7 Jul 2:01pm Reply
  • TheMoralCrusade

    …Бьюсь в истерике. Эти ребята просто шикарны.

    4 Jul 3:40pm Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    Black n roll, huh? We'll see about that...

    2 Jul 11:15pm Reply
  • tjd9

    Just listened for the first time today. Real nice.

    25 Jun 7:45pm Reply
  • buttheadstorm

    I like these dudes, these dudes are cool

    25 Jun 4:48am Reply
  • ilhammaulana


    13 Jun 5:34pm Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    I too am listening to them the first time in my life, and the s/t sure feels like good music! Snob's description "Black Metal-Surf Rock" below sounds pretty accurate to me; awesome stuff! :D Gonna see them live this summer. Judging from your comments, I can't wait!

    12 Jun 7:43am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Kvelertak

    7 Jun 8:07pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Because Metal Archive is the single authority on all things metal. Who gives a fuck, it's good music. But tag whores will be tag whores.

    6 Jun 8:25pm Reply
  • Cynic_Raven

    no metal detected...

    28 May 5:55pm Reply
  • Madtwoo

    Metal-archive kicked them maybe too much hardcore in it

    25 May 3:22pm Reply
  • Joizo

    I love Kvelertak <3

    25 May 7:27am Reply
  • soullessmate

    great band so much fun

    21 May 4:27pm Reply
  • shizzabel

    Unreal in Toronto last night! I'm a new fan!

    11 May 3:29pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    no they're just liberal idiots. i guess that's an oxymoron.

    7 May 11:05pm Reply
  • n0umena

    metal-archives is an elitist circlejerk, who gives a fuck

    3 May 4:32pm Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    Took my girlfriend to her first metal show and these guys opened. They fucking rock. It's like listening to Black Metal-Surf Rock. They were funny and awesome live. I love the owl as well. They definitely gained 2 new fans.

    2 May 7:06am Reply
  • Alice_in_pains

    It'd be great if people stopped calling every band they don't like "hipster shit".

    2 May 2:49am Reply
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